Book Club - The Beach Trees

Deborah Harkness
Alex George
Ann Napolitano
William Deresiewicz
Jessica Spotswood
Geraldine Brooks
Brené Brown
Stephanie McAfee
Sophie Morgan
Tana French
Terry McMillan
Jen Lancaster
Geneen Roth
Julie Klam
Amy Kalafa
Ally Condie
Julia Cameron
Kate Marshall & David Marshall
Sylvia Day
Edited by Stacy Morrison, Julie Ross Godar & Rita Arens
Amor Towles
Jeremy Page
Dominique Browning
Karen White
Stephen Dau
Laura Moriarty
Laura Dave
Sapphire
Kim Edwards
Jeffrey Zaslow
Claire Bidwell Smith
Seré Prince Halverson
Eleanor Brown
Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
Lisa Gardner
Linwood Barclay
Liane Moriarty
Gayle Forman
William D. Lassek, M.D. & Steven J.C. Gaulin, Ph.D.
Vanessa Williams & Helen Williams

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The Beach Trees

The Beach Trees: A Love Letter to the South

The Beach Trees is a story of rebirth and rebuilding and no where is that better personified that New Orleans, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi. In New Orleans, Julie meets the Guidry family, the family Monica had fled over 10 years ago. She finds a family grieving the loss of a sister and granddaughter - a family just as unmoored and adrift has she is. As she finds herself slowly taken in my Monica's family, she (and they) begin to piece together the mysteries of their pasts, Julie and the disappearance of her sister, and the Guidry's and while Monica ran away.  Read more >

Beach Trees: Lessons of Tragedy and Hope

Karen White redefines the meaning of family and community in the novel The Beach Trees. The theme throughout the novel demonstrates “it’s great courage that offers great kindness.” The main character Julie learns this through rediscovering the meaning of family and community as she unravels the pieces of the distant past only to discover a more promising future.  Read more >

The Beach Trees is Saturated With Intrigue

Karen White's The Beach Trees is a winding, lavish story about family secrets and searching for answers.  It is not the sort of book I would normally finish.  I would normally take one glance at the yuppie, Southern family of characters, the overly flowery descriptions inherent in White's writing and cringe.  I would digest about a cha  Read more >

The Beach Trees Transported Me To New Orleans

The Beach Trees by Karen White seems to be having an identity crisis.  The book cannot seem to decide what sort of Southern novel it wants to be.  While reading along one cannot help but feel The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and The Help conceived a baby and The Beach Trees is what pop  Read more >

The Beach Trees: I Loved It Until The Last 20 Pages [SPOILERS]

Things that signal a good book for me: 1)      A strong sense of place2)      Characters that are fleshed-out, sympathetic, and interesting3)      A plot that engages me enough that I want to tell my husband about it (bonus points if he asks detailed questions about it because it sucks him in too).So, the fact that Karen White's new book, The Beach Trees, had all three of these (and a bonus point!) would indicate a book I really loved.  Read more >

The Beach Trees: Loss, Love, and Rebuilding

“Because the water recedes, and the sun comes out, and the trees grow back.” The Beach Trees by Karen White is a novel about loss, love, family, forgiveness, and rebuilding. The story is told from the perspective of two strong female characters that have each suffered tragic loss in their lives. Julie suffered the loss of her younger sister when she was kidnapped from the backyard on Julie’s 12th birthday. Then again later as an adult when her good friend, Monica passed away making Julie guardian of her 5-year-old son and co-owner of a destroyed beach house. A Yankee, Julie takes her young ward, Beau to post-Katrina New Orleans to meet his mother’s estranged family. Where our other narrator Aimee, Monica’s paternal grandmother tells her family’s intertwining, tragic, history in New Orleans and Biloxi starting in 1950.  Read more >

There's Nothing Not to Like About The Beach Trees

There’s a certain feeling of satisfaction mixed with mourning that comes when you finish a great book. The satisfaction comes from reading a full, rich story that wraps around into a neat and complete package. The lack of loose ends and fulfillment of seeing the characters through their story is a happy sigh. Just perfect. But, while reading the story and following the characters in their journey, you start to care about them, about what comes next and how they are after the story ends … and that’s where the mourning comes in. You mourn the loss of these friends. The Beach Trees by The Beach Treese does all these things.  Read more >

Searching for Home in The Beach Trees

Does searching for one thing prevent you from finding anything else? In The Beach Trees, Karen White tells the story of Julie Holt and Aimee Guidry, two women from different generations, different cities, different lives, who meet through tragedy and discover they have more in common than they could ever have imagined.  Read more >

The Beach Trees Gave Me a New Perspective on Running Away from Problems

I was pregnant with my oldest son when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, so I would sit up during my hours of pregnancy induced insomnia and watch the coverage with tears streaming down my cheeks. As I delved into Karen White's novel, The Beach Trees, I was taken back to those days and nights of praying and crying for people I didn't know. But more than a beautiful story about building up again after a tragedy, I was most struck about the stories of those who were missing and how they affected family members.  Read more >

The Beach Trees Started With a Dead Girl

I was surprised that Karen White's The Beach Trees started with a dead girl. Karen White is no beginner -- she's written nine novels -- and her writing is gorgeous. I loved the first sentence: "Death and loss, they plague you." And as a reader of writers for their writing as opposed to their plot, I love Karen White and want to read more of her novels. Her themes are clear -- the importance of family, of rebuilding, of home -- in this novel about a woman named Julie who finds herself the impromptu guardian of a little boy named Beau and the part-owner of a house in Biloxi. Julie, by the way, is from New York City.  Read more >